Saturday, July 26, 2008

Basic crochet instructions - Lesson 1

Assalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

I am learning to crochet, so I thought I'd share it with you, and if you want to learn with me you are most welcome :) I'd love the company, and advice from any of you who are good at crocheting.

Beginner Crochet Block

What you need:

- Worsted-weight yarn, any color or colors
- Size G crochet hook;
- Yarn needle with big eye
- Small scissors

How to begin

Step 1: Hold crochet hook in right hand and make a slip knot on hook.

Step 2: Bring yarn over hook from back to front and grab it with hook.

Step 3: Draw hooked yarn through slip knot and onto hook. This makes one chain stitch.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 in sequence 28 more times. You should have 29 chain stitches and one loop will remain on hook.

Step 4: Skip the first chain stitch.

Step 5: Insert hook into center of next chain stitch. Draw yarn through the chain stitch and up onto the hook. There are now 2 loops on hook.

Step 6: Bring yarn over hook from back to front, and draw it through both loops on hook. One loop remains on the hook, and you have just made one single crochet stitch.

Repeat Steps 5 and 6 in each of the remaining 27 chains--be sure to work in the very last chain. You have now completed one row of single crochet. Measure your work; it should be about 7" wide. If it is too wide, try again with fewer beginning chains. If it is too narrow, try again with more beginning chains.

Step 7: At the end of the row, make one chain stitch, then turn the work counter-clockwise, leaving the hook in the chain.

Now you can begin another row, working into the stitches of the previous row.

Step 8: Make one single crochet stitch in first stitch and in each remaining stitch of the previous row. Be sure to work into the last stitch. Chain 1, turn.

Repeat Step 8 until the block measures 9" long.

Finishing: Cut the yarn from the skein, leaving a 6" end. Draw the hook straight up, bringing the yarn through the remaining loop on the hook.

Thread yarn into yarn needle and weave back and forth through stitches to secure.

Here's a video on how to make a simple chain. The foundation of a pattern.
The lay in the video joins the ends to make a circle, this is done if you want to make something like a hat or a table mat.

and also an easier one


Rainbow In The Grey Sky said...

Aslamu alakum Moon
me too have an old revisited passion for crochet i finished my first project a few months ago, i have been doing 'granny squares' see my few post i just won 2 books on ebay yestday and inshaAllah they should be arriving Monday and i am planning to start a new project insha Allah, so what are you planning to make once you learn? Do check out 'seekingtaqwa's blog as she is the craft lady mashaAllah.

Moon said...

Walaikum Asalaam,

Jazakallah sis,
Lovely stuff on your blog. I absolutely love the embroidered bag that you found looks lovely.
Your granny squares are beautiful too (my fav colour lavender).. wish i could get mine to look square :D

I saw some of the lovely stuff on Kates krafts.. i wondered how she did the hexagons and ripple blanket.. wonder how to do that?

I learnt basic crochet and knitting a couple of years ago, i made lots of granny sqares. I joint them together to make a blanket then donated it to the poor in the winter.

Now i felt like starting again, but have to start from the beginning as I've forgotten bits and pieces :)

Rainbow In The Grey Sky said...

I too a a beginer just finished my first project sadly in the rush didn't get to picture it , was a big granny square with a shell edging for my Brother in laws lil baby for those spring nights. i learnt to crochet and knit when i was 10years old but never developed it and produced finished items so may many years later i have revamped my talent, i find it very relaxing mashaallah. Kate is a good one to ask mashaAllah she is a pro, opps kate is seeking taqwa and i actually met up withher earlier this year and it was her who gave me the lavender yarn and a lession in granny squaring, she showed me how to follow paterns for crochet mashaAllah.

Desiree said...

Keep up the good work.